Beginning Tuesday, it will cost more to adopt a pet, return an
overdue book or swim in a city pool, but officials and citizens seem
to agree that the fee increases will not drive the public away.
The fee hikes are part of the budget adjustments approved by the
City Council on June 17 to recoup an anticipated $9.5-million deficit
for the 2003-04 fiscal year.
One of the smallest increases may be the one to affect the most
people -- a 10-cent jump in library overdue fines. The hike from 20
cents a day to 30 cents a day for overdue adult materials is the
first such increase since 1990, and Library Services Director Sharon
Cohen said that was one reason officials felt it would be a good
option to increase revenue.
“It hurts if you keep books out for a period of several days; but
on the other hand, if you get the books in on time, they’re still
free,” she said.
Library patrons interviewed Thursday said they were not concerned
about the pending increase in library fines. Valissa Nicell, a
Burbank woman who takes her children to the library several times a
month, said the increase would not affect how often she uses the
“I think it’s fine,” Nicell said. “Library fines aren’t that high
While higher fees for adopting a dog from the animal shelter might
make some people reconsider adopting a pet, Eva Sippel, president of
the shelter’s volunteers, said she believes that will be a good
thing. The cost of a previously altered dog is jumping from $15 to
$25, while the cost of one altered by the city will increase from $45
Sippel said the higher fees might make people think a little more
about the responsibility of pet ownership before purchasing an
“If you don’t have $50 or $60 for the adoption, you aren’t ready
for pet ownership,” she said.
Despite the increase, the Burbank Animal Shelter’s adoption fees
will still be lower than the Pasadena Humane Society, where all dogs
The cost to use the McCambridge Recreation Center and Verdugo Park
pools, meanwhile, will go up $2 for everyone except children younger
A more substantial increase, but one less likely to affect the
average citizen, will be a jump in film permit fees, from $200 to
$300 for up to seven consecutive days. While the low cost of filming
is one reason moviemakers come to Burbank, film permit coordinator
Norma Brolsma said she doesn’t believe they will be dissuaded by the
“That’s still relatively low if you look at other cities,” she
said. “They usually start around $300 to $500.”
Developer fees will also increase, from $2,500 to $4,000, sewer
fees will increase 90 cents per month, and the water rate will
increase annually over five years.